Biology at Aquinas College
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    Biology and Health Sciences

Student and professor observing lab New Major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) Starts Fall 2018
A common fascination with the inner workings of a cell bring biologists and chemists together in the overlapping fields of biochemistry and molecular biology. The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) major is excellent preparation for doctoral-level professional training (M.D./D.O./D.D.S. dental/veterinary) which requires an understanding of life at the molecular level. Students who complete the BMB major will also be exceptionally well prepared for post-graduate study (Ph.D./M.S. programs) in most biological fields. In addition, the extensive laboratory and research components of the program will prepare students for entry-level health sciences and research positions in industry or academia.  >Read More >Degree Info

Aquinas Science Building North Aquinas College Embarks on $32 million Science Facility Enhancement

As a part of our commitment to the sciences, Aquinas College has embarked on a campaign that includes a $32 million renovation and expansion of our science facilities. Science expansion will pave the way for new programs, innovative research, and student engagement to prepare scientists, nurses, engineers, and mathematicians who will contribute to the regional STEM workforce, education initiatives and research. >Read More

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    Aquinas biology majors have enjoyed acceptance rates exceeding 90% into physician assistant, physical therapy and dental programs.
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    Aquinas’ medical school placement rate is 20% above the national average

Aquinas biology and health science graduates enjoy acceptance rates of nearly 100% into physician assistant, physical therapy and dental programs


​Aquinas biology and health science graduates have a medical school acceptance rate approximately 20% above the national average.


Since 2000, nearly one third of Aquinas biology and health science graduates have gone on to earn doctoral degrees in biology or health-related fields (human medicine, veterinary medicine,dentistry, physical therapy, etc…).


An additional 14% of Aquinas biology and health science graduates have gone on to earn a masters degree in similar fields (physician assistant, public health, health administration, etc…) since 2000.


For five years running, Aquinas College biology graduates have scored above the 90th percentile on the Major Field Test, a standardized test of biology knowledge administered by more than 300 colleges & universities across the U.S.


Up to two qualified Aquinas students per year can be admitted to Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine through an Early Assurance Partnership between the two institutions.


Qualified Aquinas biology and health science majors can receive elective biology credits for laboratory research conducted at the Van Andel Institute.


At least two faculty members from the Aquinas College Biology and Health Sciences Department participate in the Mohler-Thompson Summer Scholars program each summer, offering stipends for qualified students who engage in independent research.


Each course and lab taken by an Aquinas biology and health science major is taught by a full-time faculty member who has earned a Ph.D. in her/his field of expertise.


Alumni of the biology and health sciences program have earned graduate or professional degrees at prestigious universities like Brown, Cornell, Michigan, Northwestern, Notre Dame and U. C. Berkeley and Harvard.

Hands-On Experience

The Aquinas College Biology and Health Science Department has been selected to join the Small World Initiative (SWI), a Yale-University-based non-profit organization that aims to teach students scientific methods while simultaneously crowdsourcing the discovery of novel antibiotics.  

“Our biology faculty are excited to be a part of this innovative program which will give our students more opportunities to engage in authentic research,” said Jennifer Hess, Ph.D., associate professor of biology. “We’re looking forward to fully integrating the SWI curriculum into the new health sciences curriculum currently being developed within our department.” >Read More